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Jan 7, 2013 9:00am PST
gathering. the next hour, two more cabinet nominees will be named. former senator chuck hagel for defense secretary and homeland security adviser john brennan for cia director. he has already picked senator john kerry as his nominee for secretary of state. president's choice, chuck hagel for defense secretary already coming under some fire. some republicans point to comments that hagel made back in 2007, that they perceive as anti-jewish. here is how south carolina lindsey graham described the decision to nominate hagel. >> this is an in-your-face nomination by the president to all of us who are supportive of israel. i don't know what his management experience is regarding the pentagon. little, if any. i think it's an incredibly controversial choice. and it looks like the second term of barack obama is going to be an in-your-face term. >> want to bring in our white house correspondent brianna keilar. we no that the white house has been calling out, trying to reach senators and get some support for hagel here. we're also hearing from jim acosta, trying to push back on this idea tha
MSNBC
Jan 7, 2013 8:00am PST
two purple hearts. but quite frankly chuck hagel is out of the mainstream by thinking i believe on most issues regarding foreign policy. >> out of the mainstream. is that how he is regarded in washington, d.c.? >> well, i don't want to get into a debate with lindsey who i happen to be a huge fan of. i think he's one of the strongest members of the senate. but the president has chosen chuck hagel or is, i guess, going to choose chuck hagel. and chuck hagel isn't going to be working for himself. he's not going to be freelancing as a senator as he was when he made these misstatements which i suspect have upset senator graham and other members of the senate who might be concerned about some of the things he said in the past. he'll be working for the president. when working for the president you follow the president's policies. i don't see this prior statement as being -- first off, they may -- they may have been wrong. he may have made some statements which were inappropriate, as he did. but everybody does, i guess. and now he's going to be working for the president. and carrying the p
MSNBC
Jan 7, 2013 10:00am PST
mean, in a very -- he and -- look, chuck hagel was probably not the first choice of a lot of folks inside the west wing. there's some questions. can he manage a bureaucracy of his size? how many people are qualified to manage a bureaucracy the size of the defense department? he set that question aside. this is -- this was the president's choice, first choice, and obviously this very close relationship with john brennan, trying to give sort of the cia its mojo back, if you will, in the intelligence community, and i think that that's something that brennan -- that some folks in the intel community i think are hoping brennan does. let's also not forget that, you know, with brennan and hagel going up at the same time, andrea, any questions that there might have been on brennan when it came to torture and the interrogation, that all goes away because i think all the focus is going to be on hagel. >> now, michael lighter, chuck todd has been reporting that dennis mcdonough is a lock for chief of staff to preplace jack lou when lou is nominated, we expect, to become treasury secretary, an
MSNBC
Jan 7, 2013 6:00am PST
as part of his sales pitch for hagel. >> i've served with chuck hagel, i know him. he is a patriot. >> senator jack reid who was also on that 2008 trip is expected to be, to do much of the leg work in the senate to get hagel's nomination over the finish line. he is going to have to be persuading both. he has a lot of respect in the democratic caucus and the ten soft votes i identified perhaps a little bit more, reid might be able to flip at least half of them. hagel the first vietnam veteran nominated for the post and aides say the president is sticking by hagel because of his desire to have a defense secretary who wore the uniform. at the same time who will be comfortable standing up to the generals as he works to shrink the defense department and complete the u.s. withdrawal from afghanistan. the brennan nomination, he has been the chief architect and public defender in the expanded use of drones. with 55 senators in the democratic caucus, the drone policy may get some attention during his confirmation hearing. back in 2008, the president wanted him for the cia spot at the time,
CNN
Jan 7, 2013 8:00am PST
politics. two hours from now, chuck hagel seen here on the left and john brennan seen there at the podium on the right, they're going to stand with president obama at the white house to accept his nomination for defense secretary and cia director respectively. neither choice is a shock and neither is likely to have an easy go at the senate confirmation process because you know that's coming up. joining me now with the sin sights on this and the expert e expertise, gloria borger and chief national correspondent john king. in the interest of the new year's resolution to be positive, let's start with the pros, gloria borger. let's go over the list with chuck hagel as the starting point. he's a war hero. and he has two purple hearts from vietnam serving alongside of his brother. each of them saving each other's life which is a story unto itself. and he went on to represent a native nebraska in the u.s. senate and now he co-chairs the president's intelligence advisory board. that sounds like a pretty good cv, they say. what's not to like? >> well, if you're in the white house, you say t
CNN
Jan 7, 2013 1:00pm PST
nominates chuck hagel to run the pentagon. calling him a leader our troops deserve. hagel's critics call him profoundly wrong on national security. also, we have new details about a horrifying night in colorado. a police officer cries as he describes a theater floor slippery with blood. >>> plus, a first look at proposed regulations that have would-be gun owners racing right now to buy guns. >>> i'm wolf blitzer. you're in "the situation room." -- captions by vitac -- www.vitac.com >>> we begin with president obama setting the stage for a new fight here in washington. this time, other the national security team for his second term. the president's nominating the former senator chuck hagel, a republican, for defense secretary, and his counterterrorism adviser john brennan to direct the cia. at least one critic calls the hagel nomination an "in your face" pick. let's bring in our white house correspondent brianna keilar. she's working the story for us. the president was effusive in his praise for hagel. >> president obama said hagel, a republican, quote, represents a bipartisan tradition t
MSNBC
Jan 7, 2013 3:00am PST
. anyway. mikka? >> another battle in washington obviously is over chuck hagel. that's going to be the big news. >> that's a fantastic transition. let me do that now. today president obama is expected to nominate former republican senator chuck hagel of nebraska as the next defense secretary. hagel, a decorated vietnam combat veteran, would be the first enlisted soldier to hold that cabinet post. his confirmation, however, is -- can you believe this -- shaping up to be a testy battle with the republicans. even though he is a republican. a number of republicans have suggested they will challenge their former colleague with tough questions on his foreign policy record. >> his views with regard to israel, for example, and iran and all the other positions that he's taken over the years will be, you know, i think very much a matter of discussion during the confirmation process. >> so you're not predicting smooth sailing for chuck hagel? >> i think it will be a lot of tough questions of senator hagel, but he'll be treated fairly by republican s in the senate. >> quite frankly, chuck hagel is
CNN
Jan 7, 2013 11:00am PST
security positions. just moments ago the president nominated chuck hagel, the former republican senator from nebraska to be the next secretary of defense, succeeding leon panetta, and he nominated john brennan, counterterrorism homeland security adviser in the white house to be the next director of the cia, succeeding the acting director, mike morell, who took over in november when john david petraeus stepped down following an extramarital affair with his biographer. the president made it clear he wants the senate to confirm these nominations quickly, especially chuck hagel, because there has been some controversy over the nominee. listen to the president. >> chuck recognizes that american leadership is indispensable in a dangerous world. i saw this in our travels together across the middle east. he understands that america stands strongest when we stand with allies. and with friends. as a successful businessman, he also knows that even as we may tough fiscal choices, we have to do so wisely, guided by our strategy and keep our military the strongest fighting force the world has
MSNBC
Jan 7, 2013 7:00am PST
chuck hagel fans. that said president obama has picked hagel. he likes hagel. they're friends going back to their senate tenure. it's hard to imagine if obama really wants hagel ten democratic senators will vote against him. i find that hard to believe. second thing is president obama wants to push for cuts in defense spending. their view is there's no better advocate for it, no better voice for cutting the pentagon that a provincial vietnam veteran like chuck hagel. >> i want to play a clip of what former general stanley mcchrystal said on the "today" show this morning. >> if president obama trusts him, i think senator hagel has the experience. he's certainly got the quality as a person. the real matter is whether the president has that level of trust. that level of trust and relationship between those people and with other members of the cabinet are the most important. >> matt, to perry's point, is a big part of this about the president just likes him? they've gotten along for many years now? >> yeah. he has a very close relationship with vice president joe biden as well from thei
MSNBC
Jan 7, 2013 11:00am PST
has to oblige. they have to get it done. the biggest problem and this is where perhaps chuck hagel, you know, in terms of the kind of difficulties he's having now on capitol hill, may run in to some difficulty, is convincing members of congress up there on capitol hill who, in fact, take on their pet pork barrel projects, even though the pentagon has said we don't want those programs. we don't want those airplanes. congress, instead, votes -- goes ahead and votes for it because it means money and votes back home for many members of congress. so i think that ultimately will be the biggest challenge for secretary of defense chuck hagel if, in fact, he is confirmed, tamron. >> you took issue with what first read pointed out, which is the politics which is what i was starting out the conversation with you regarding, the politics of this, when you have general mcchrystal and we'll play him later today on the "today" show this morning talking about a disconnect between the generals and those leaders of the military and the white house particularly in afghanistan. so it's not asking you to del
MSNBC
Jan 7, 2013 12:00pm PST
something. you know, chuck hagel's someone who i have known since 2007 when we were arguing against a troop increase in iraq and i can tell you on a personal level especially reading his book he cares what happens to the soldier or the marine on the ground embedded in combat and i think in afghanistan with green on blue killings, a question of projection of force and embedded with afghan troops, this is someone to say is this worth the sacrifice and there was a large debate in washington, d.c. prior to the increase of troops in afghanistan and hagel quietly was on the side that was against the president's plan of sending more troops and i think he looks right and this isn't just a shot, you know, lindsey graham calls it in your face sort of announceme announcement. it is in your face to neo-conservatives and dems and republicans because this is a realism argument that people like i believe or control knell schafer and nation building interventionists who think we should fight wars for democracy in the far end corners of the world. >> john, hagel served in war and voted to send soldiers to w
MSNBC
Jan 7, 2013 9:00am PST
on all things military, what was your -- what was your reaction to the nomination of chuck hagel? this comes, of course, against the back drop of susan rice and the cratering of her nomination. >> sure. the first thing that happened was this enormous and i think pretty unjustified republican reaction against him because if you look at chuck hagel on paper, he is the perfect gop candidate. you know, combat veteran, businessman, earned millions of dollars in the private sector, very successful washington career. was an organizer for ronald reagan. as senator, supported missile defense, defense increases, don't ask don't tell. i mean, right down the line very sort of doctrine supporter of defense. i was pretty shocked to see this huge outcry against him, and i think it goes back to things other than chuck hagel. >> yeah. just maybe. karen, lindsey graham saying this is an in your face nomination. he would be the most antagonistic secretary of defense. sharp words, which probably p r portends something more than just policy disagreements. >> true, although at this point lindsey graham has
MSNBC
Jan 7, 2013 3:00pm PST
>>> let me finish with this. the big story tonight is the pthd's nomination of chuck hagel. i think the fairest thing to do is to give this nomination a solid chance. let's see if he's the kind of person to give this enormous responsibility. personally, i think the attacks on him have been pushed hard by the right wing. he's restrained, skeptical. i am to like him for this reason, like dwight eisenhower. hagel knows the reality of war, not from the top but from the mud level. the g.i.s have to do the actual fighting. so when you watch the hearings, think of the americans out there on post tonight all alone in a place far from home. give some thought to the possibility they'd like to have a pentagon chief who knows just what that's like. and that's "hardball for now," thanks for being with us. "politics nation" with al sharpton starts right now. >> thanks, chris. and thanks to you fr tuning in. tonight's lead show down over defense. today, the president officially nominated his choice for defense secretary. vietnam veteran and former gop senator chuck hagel of nebraska. already, repu
LINKTV
Jan 7, 2013 3:00pm PST
nomination for republican senator chuck hagel, fellow republicans have criticized him for views on iraq, iran, and israel. then, the steubenville rape case in ohio. >> we are anonymous. around mid august 2012, a party to present a small town in ohio known as steubenville. [indiscernible] kidnapping and rape of a 15- year-old girl. >> the hacker activist group anonymous has helped expose new details about a horrific high school gang rape case involving football potyers in ohio. all of that and more coming up. this is "democracy now!," democracynow.org, the war and peace report. i'm amy goodman. up to 18 people have been killed in the latest u.s. drone attacks on pakistan's tribal areas. the strikes hit what pakistani officials described as separate compounds belonging to the pakistani taliban in south missouri stan. the taliban commander was reportedly among the dead. the ongoing drone attacks come days after a federal judge ruled the obama administration is under no obligation to publicly disclose their legal justification. the american civil liberties union and the new york times had f
ABC
Jan 7, 2013 3:00am PST
while others are closing up shop. which is still sort of interesting to me that people are flocking to buy guns after that massacre, first graders. >> america has an almost insatiable appetite for guns. we are seeing that even after a tragedy. it is fascinating. >>> then this flu season goes from bad to even worse. cases are now spreading, ers are packed, and the latest expert advice on how to stay healthy, try to, shaping up to be the worst flu season in a decade. so you got your shot. >> got to get the shots. >> i need to get mine. >> kids need them. >>> later, a heart stopping story of survival. a terrible car wreck, you see it there. then a mother's frantic search for her little boy, the boy they're now calling the miracle baby. >> that is not hyperbolic, when you hear what happened and he survived. >> a miracle. >>> president obama prepares to officially start his second term in a few days. he is facing some major personnel shakeups. >> the president could name his choice for the next secretary of defense as early as today. here's abc's chuck sebritson. >> reporter: for president obama the vacation is over. mr. obama returns from hawaii to a climate that is chilly in more ways than one. he has chosen former republican senator chuck hagel as secretary of defense. hagel would be a controversial pick. he advocates negotiating with iran and some question how strongly he supports israel. one pro israel group is running an ad against hagel. >> president obama, for secretary of defense, chuck hagel is not a responsible option. even the top senate republican says he is reserving judgment. >> i am going to wait and see how the hearings go and see whether chuck's views square with the job he would be nominated to do. >> some democrats are speaking up for him. >> chuck hagel is a tremendous patriot and statesman. served incredibly in vietnam. served this country as the united states senator. >> reporter: president obama is about to lose his treasury secretary. tim geithner is the last original member of the president's economic team. he leaves as three major deadlines loom. by end of february, the treasury will lose the power to borrow more to pay america's bills. across the board spending cuts to every federal program kick in on march 1. the government will run out of all congressional funding by the end of march. the current chief of staff is expected to inherit those headaches as geithner's replacement. president obama promised quick action on vice president joe biden's proposals on new gun control laws following the shootings in newtown, connecticut. >>> in newtown, connecticut, they are being overwhelmed by donations. though town officials said they have more than they can handle, toys, school supplies and other gifts keep pouring in in the wake of the massacre newtown now has a warehouse to hold the items being trucked in every day. a task force will figure out how to deal with all of the donations. >> people just want to feel like they're doing something. >> yes. >>> as we have reported the obama administration is promising quick action on new gun control laws following the shooting at sandy hook elementary. it is clear plenty of people across the country want to get their hand on guns and now. abc's mark greenblat has more. >> reporter: the surging demand for guns drew so many to this gun show near los angeles over the weekend, the worry wasn't weapons but the size of the crowds. this father brought his daughter along to stock up. worried about looming gun reforms. >> we went through and came down here to got what we wanted before everything is illegal. >> reporter: closer to newtown, at least four gun shows canceled. the show went on though in nearby stanford, connecticut, even after the local mayor called the organizers insensitive. what did you say to the mayor? >> i say he is wrong. >> reporter: why is he wrong? >> this is a private thing. he shouldn't be expressing his opinion on it. >> reporter: "the washington post" reports a task force led by vice president joe biden is considering proposing universal background tracks for all gun buyers. tracking sale of weapons through a national database and stiff penalties for carrying guns near schools or giving them to minors. how big an impact could it have on american streets? >> some of the proposals could have huge impact on deaths and murders that happen every day from guns. you are talking keeping it out of hands of convicted felons. dangerously mentally ill. >> reporter: a democrat from north dakota with an a-rating from the nra told george stephanopoulos, those proposals go too far. >> that's way -- way an extreme of what i think is necessary or should be talked about. it is not going to pass. >> reporter: one of the members of the vice presidential task force told me he is pushing for reforms beyond assault weapons because he wants to keep any gun out of the hand of criminals or mentally ill. >> some measures talked about were outlined in "the washington post" article over the weekend. the white house is saying, off the record, said some of the things may not be entirely accurate. still a work in progress. try to temper some of what was reported by the post. >> the bottom line is, i think, we have discussed this many times. okay you have of a gun to protect your home, protect your family, a 38, perhaps a handgun. why do you need the assault weapon? those are the weapons people are trying to get their hand on, the weapons likely targeted by the new gun laws you. don't need them for hunting. you don't need them for personal protection. why do you need them? >> the gun that is selling extremely well, best of all is ar-15, exact weapon used at sandy hook elementary school. >> military style assault weapon you. need it maybe in the military. why do you need it at home? >> that's the one side of the debate. other folks say, hands off my guns. second amendment. this, the thing is whatever happens. whatever the white house pushes for, another bloodbath on capitol hill to get anything through. early signs are they're going to go beyond reinstating assault weapons ban and getting rid of high-capacity magazines. the white house may go further than that. it will be a contentious battle. stay tuned. >> stay tuned. >>> a 17-year-old alabama high school student due in court this morning. accused of plotting to blow up his school in a hate crime spree. police say derek shrout charged as an adult with attempted assault. he describes himself as a white supremacist. a teacher discovered a journal detailing his terror plans. police found dozens of shrapnel-filled containers at the teenager's home. >>> nearly six months after the aurora, colorado, movie massacre, a pretrial hearing opens today for james holmes. holmes charged with killing 12 people and wounding 70 others. at the week-long hearing, prosecutors will lay out their case and a judge will decide whether to send it to trial. many legal experts believe the evidence is simply so overwhelming. holmes will accept a plea deal. >>> growing concerns over a major flu outbreak. hospitals like this one in minnesota are taking extra precautions to prevent the spread of the flu. some visitors are restricted or banned. and anyone with symptoms will get treatment without tests. we asked abc news, senior medical contributor, dr. jennifer ashton how to avoid getting sick. >> the fda approved tamiflu for infants as young as 2 weeks of age. a big difference and speaks to how vulnerable children and infants are to the flu first most important thing, get a flu vaccine. it is not too late. still enough available. second thing, keep your hands, anything your hands touch, phones, keyboards clean as possible. that's how the virus is transmitted. very important to do that. >> that was abc's dr. jennifer ashton. who also by the way recommend getting plenty of vitamin d to avoid getting sick. she says, 70% of americans are deficient in the vitamin. >>> in other news this morning, a $9.7 billion bill to help victims of superstorm sandy is logged. president obama signed the aid deal which will pay flood insurance claims. the white house says 100,000 claims would have been held up without extra money. house vote next week on a more comprehensive $51 billion sandy aid package. the vote expedited after republicans, democrats, assailed boehner for not getting it done, fiscal cliff deal. apparently now $60 billion on the way, badly needed money when you compare it to how fast, say, katrina victims got their aid. what's happening in the northeast with sandy. >> at least it happened. >> yes. better late than never. right? >> exactly. >>> a look at your weather. heavy rain in the pacific northwest mountain snow in the cascade and rockies. evening thunderstorms from houston to corpus christi. showers, thunderstorms in florida. thawing from denver to new york. >> 40s here in the northeast, 30s, fargo to detroit. 55, sacramento. 61 in phoenix. >>> oh as you all know, christian holiday season is officially over. ending with this weekend's feast of the three kings. >> right. i celebrated that. absolutely. in mexico city the celebration was especially festive. aimed primarily at children. who traditionally receive their gifts on january 6th. more than 150,000 balloons were released. each one carrying a letter asking for their favorite toy. >> the celebration based on the story of the three wisemen who journey to bethlehem to greet jesus christ shortly after he was born. great meaning and pretty pictures. >> yeah, a big deal. in puerto rico where i was briefly on vacation. we always celebrated this at home. it's bigger than christmas. >> really? huge. >> you put out this box. fill it with grass. three kings come. camels, horses, eat the grass. they replace it with gifts. >> filled with grass, huh. sound like christmas at snoop's house. >> just grass. >> sorry, wilson, to offend you with the snoop dogg. >>> a follow up about the woman fired for her good looks. >>> first, a story that could have had a very sad ending. how a baby was thrown 25 feet out of a car window and survived with a few scratches. you are watching "world news now." ♪ i will let you be ♪ i will i will >>> "world news now" weather brought to you by gerber life y gerber lif insurance. life insurance. ♪ ♪ >>> now to an unbelievable story of survival. a young mother gets into a car crash, and the impact send her 6-month-old son out the window. >> this story is unbelievable, here. the baby survived, believe it or not. that's why this one is our "favorite story of the day." how it happened is really almost miraculous. here now is abc's paula faris. >> reporter: the chilling wreckage of a terrifying car crash. >> just was praying that i would be okay. >> reporter: 18-year-old china was driving to her mother's house thursday night with her 6-month-old son, gabriel, when the unimaginable happened. >> there was a stop sign. i was slowing down. wasn't going to make it. i was looking to make sure nothing was going to hit me. and at that time, that there, the car was hit, hitting me. >> reporter: a collision with a pickup truck sent her baby flying from his car seat, hurled out the window 25 feet into the air. >> i heard the lady yelling, "there is a baby. i think the baby flew out the window." i realized my baby is not in my car anymore. >> reporter: the baby landed somewhere in the soft snow. china managed to crawl her way out of the wreckage frantically looking for her baby. the driver of the pickup truck found him buried at the bottom of a snow bank and picked him up. >> i saw this lady had him. she was sitting there crying. >> reporter: mom and baby were treated at a local hospital. when i got there, bless his little soul. he was chewing on a pacifier looking around. total relief knowing he was all right. >> reporter: and mother and her son are safely back home and recovering. paula faris, abc news, new york. >> 25 feet that kid flew. >> i can't imagine that. my son's name is gabrielle, as a mother the thought of looking in your car, not seeing the car seat. first thing you do. check your baby is strapped in. >> thank god the kid was crying. that's how they heard it buried under the snow. >> that is miraculous. >> very lucky family. >> something at work there. >> absolutely. higher, bigger force. yeah, we will be back with more "world news now" after this. >>> "world news now" continues after this from our abc stations >>> well they are one of the most storied college football programs in history. but notre dame has not won a championship in a quarter century. but tonight, much look you wished, that could all change. >> that's right, my fighting irish, my alma mater, thank you very much. will square off against alabama in the bcs national championship game. both teams have an extra motivation. here is abc's josh elliott. ♪ >> reporter: it is the super bowl of the college game, a national championship arguably as anticipated as any in sports history. >> to be the best, you have to beat the best. >> reporter: alabama playing for a second straight national title, but standing in their way, a resurgeant notre dame looking for its first national title in a quarter century. >> a good time there for us to win this championship. >> reporter: the fighting irish stand on history's doorstep thanks in part to senior captain and linebacker manti te'o, the emotional core of the team. earlier this season he lost his grandmother and hours later learned his girlfriend died of leukemia and yet persevered. >> last three years, i sat in my living room, watching the game. i do not want to sit in the living room watching this game. >> reporter: on the other side of the field, a.j. mccaren not just playing for his team but a little girl undergoing treatment for leukemia a little over a year ago. she gave him a bright yellow bracelet inscribed with the words, just trust. he will be wearing it on the field. >> i never take it off. i will always think about her. she is a special girl. >> reporter: so much emotion, so much drama, and so much at stake. josh elliott, abc news, miami. >> and you can watch notre dame take on alabama tonight on espn, 8:00 eastern time. you certainly know which team you will be rooting for. >> go irish! had to get that out! yes! had to get that out! >> whoa, look at that. whoa, sunny. >> i had to get that out. >> was that from college or your honeymoon? ha-ha! i'm voting for notre dame too. go irish. i like the story. we'll be back. go irish. i like the story. we'll be back. 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"the mix" airing at a different time. a new thing from here on out. don't worry, you are not going crazy. just a change on our end. >> still be here. this first story has me up in arms. >> you are worked up. >> outraged. a woman in iowa, a dental assistant. the dentist, her boss, digs her. they never had an affair. she doesn't like him. he is married. the wife is like i am uncomfortable with her being the dental assistant. for years, she was doing a great job. there she is. kind of attractive woman. he fires her because he felt he would try to start an affair with her. she takes it to court, hey i have been discriminated against. i am a woman. seven-man court. they decide no, it is not discrimination. now she, of course, is asking them to reconsider it. it is so absurd. it is so absurd. they missed the point. that's why you have to have men and women on a court. you can't just have seven men. because they just miss the point. >> i am stunned it happened. then the court upheld it. the court that upheld it, all dudes. >> all dudes. >> that's awful. that's all. she would still have her job. >> you're the lawyer. defend how the seven man court can uphold that, how can it be legal rationale? >> saying it's not gender discrimination. saying it know it cool this happened but wasn't illegal. emotional. not gender discrimination. they miss the point. if she were a guy, she would have her job. >> she loses her job because he can't control himself. that seems ridiculous. on a lighter, less controversial note. the american dialect society has now voted for the word of the year, for 2012, that word is hashtag. you are a twitteraholic. you fully appreciate this. >> i'm more facebook addict. slowly getting into twitter here. bill zimmer said in his statement, this was the year when hashtag became a phenomenon in online talk. hashtag. sign of the times. >> talking about twitter, library of congress. check this out. almost finished archiving 170 billion of your tweets. that's right. 2006, when twitter was founded and april 2010. all the drunk tweets you sent out. library of congress has them. stop doing that. >> nothing should be archived after midnight. super bowl, coming up, february 3. a sneak peek of puppy bowl 9. which is going to air around the super bowl time. gma has an exclusive mock puppy bowl coming up january 30. we have the exclusive look, for all of you die-hard puppy bowl fans. >>> this morning on "world news now" -- controversial choice. the former gop senator the president may nominate to be secretary of defense. >> why chuck hagel may face an uphill political battle to this critical cabinet position. it's monday, january 7th. >>> from abc news, this is "world news now." >>> good monday morning, everybody. i'm rob nelson. >> i'm sunny hostin. paula faris is on assignment. you will hear about chuck hagel's pending nomination and the buzz it is creating worldwide in our top story. >> interesting choice there, could be another bloody few weeks for multiple reasons. >> critics on both side of this one. >> hagel has opponents on both sides of that aisle. the announcement could come late later today from the president. >>> also this morning, james holmes, the suspected colorado movie theater gunman he appears in court just hours from now. why the hearing taking place could be the closest he gets to a trial. >> unbelievable. also that case over the weekend from aurora, a hostage situation where four people including the gunman were killed. that town has been through -- >> unbelievable. >> unbelievable things since july. >> since july, that first movie theater massacre happened. >>> later this half hour, check your wallets. there is more funny money hitting the streets as counterfeiters get even more clever. the costly crime and what the government is trying to do to stop it. >> hard to tell. >> yeah. >> i think. right? >> i don't even check. >> i have seen it. seen it before. >> i have never seen it. i only check if willis gives me money. i will start checking more. >>> from elected office to driving around, yes, in his own personal tank. why this vehicle is truly something special to former california governor arnold schwarzenegger. more details coming up in "the skinny." look at that. >> arnold is many things, dull is not one of them. huh? >>> first, president obama is back from vacation, but also facing a major battle on capitol hill. >> that's right, top lawmakers on both sides of the aisles are already attacking the president's choice to head the pentagon. abc's david kerley reports from the white house. >> reporter: as the president returned from hawaii, senior officials tell abc news he will nominate former republican senator chuck hagel as the next secretary of defense. >> chuck hagel is out of the mainstream thinking i believe on most issues regarding foreign policy. >> reporter: republicans raised red flags continuing a campaign against hagel. >> chuck hagel is not a responsible option. >> reporter: democrats too have been cold to hagel, a social conservative. republicans complain about his stand on afghanistan, that we, quote, went well beyond our mission. and his opposition to the surge in iraq. saying it -- >> represents the most dangerous foreign policy blunder in this country since vietnam if it is carried out. >> reporter: but a comment about israel and what he called the jewish lobby which intimidates capitol hill that angered many. >> this is an in-your-face nomination by the president to all of us who are supportive of israel. >> reporter: picking a republican to lead the pentagon makes strategic sense to the president, with budget cuts looming. >> republicans don't like chuck hagel one of their own? >> chuck hagel bucked the republican party establishment opposing the war in iraq. so there is no surprise. >> reporter: hagel does have the most important supporter. >> i served with chuck hagel. i know him. he is a patriot. >> reporter: the president will have a fight on his hand with the nomination and among democrats his own party which controls the senate and confirmation process. one of the reasons the white house was telling senate democrats this nomination is coming, hoping to soften the blow. david kerley, abc news, the white house. >>> in other news this morning -- secretary of state hillary clinton is returning to work today for the first time in a month. of course, she was side lined by a stomach virus, concussion, and most recently a blood clot in her head that landed her in the hospital for three days. clinton's schedule includes nearly a dozen meetings this week. it's not clear when she will testified about the benghazi attack as she promised. of course, she will step down in a few weeks and senator john kerry expected to take over. >>> rare speech from syrian president bashar assad has drawn a quick and blunt reaction from the obama administration. a defiant assad rejected international calls to step down and tried to justify his crackdown on anti-government rebels. he outlined plans for a national reconciliation conference and new constitution as well. but the u.s. state department says the syrian leader is "detached from reality." >> spokesperson for the state department released a statement saying, quote, assad has lost legitimacy and must step aside to enable a political solution and democratic transition that meets aspirations of the syrian people. you would think at this point. 60,000 syrians have been killed since this broke out two years ago. how do you negotiate peace with that much blood on the streets? >> exactly. what is fascinating is what he is floating as something that he floated years ago, and -- just, didn't have any teeth. just wasn't credible. i think also, at this point. even the turkish head of state, former ally, is speaking out against assad. he just has no allies at this point. i think the description of assad being sort of detached from reality -- pretty realistic. >> something to that, absolutely. the world is saying "get out. this is not going to last." but no one is taking definitive action to push him out. that's the difference. >> that's true. >> lot of talk so far at least right now. >>> almost six months after the aurora, colorado, movie massacre, a pretrial hearing opens today for suspect james holmes. holmes is charged with killing 12 people and wounding 70 others. at the week-long hearing, prosecutors will lay out their case. a judge will decide whether to send it to trial. many legal experts believe the evidence is so overwhelming, holmes will likely accept a plea deal. i have to agree with that. >> that seems to be his only option, realistically, right? >> no question. i think with the pretrial hearings, preliminary hearings, i have conducted many of them myself. you sort of lay it out for the other side so that the writing is on the wall. so that everyone knows, this is what a trial will look like for your client. and it will be so graphic, and the evidence is so overwhelming this is something you don't want to do. and i think that, that's what is happening. there is no question he is the shooter. >> right. really if it could go to trial the community there would have to relive the gory, horrendous awful details of what happened that morning, that night. and no one -- in aurora, they have been through enough. you don't want to have them sit through the testimony. >> i'm sure prosecutors have said to many families of the victims, listen you may want to leave the courtroom or not be there during the hearing because they are going to lay out in graphic detail everything that happened. >> plea deal sounds the right way. see how it plays out in court. >>> 17-year-old alabama high school student due in court this morning, accused of plotting to blow up his school in a hate crime spree. police say derek shrout is a self-proclaimed white supremacist, and he is being charged as an adult with attempted assault. after a teacher discovered a journal detailing terror plans. police say they found shrapnel filled containers at the teenager's home. >>> an intruder who broke into a home near atlanta ended up in the hospital after coming face to face with a very protective mom. the woman heard the man come inside and start rummaging around her house. she grabbed her 9-year-old twins and her gun and hid in a crawlspace in the attic. when the man opened the door she opened fire. >> my wife is a hero. she protected her kids. she did what she was supposed to do as a responsible, prepared gun owner. >> the perpetrator opens that door -- of course, at that time, he is staring at her. her two children and a 38 revolver. >> she fired off all six rounds. shooting paul slater five times in the face and neck. police say he tried to escape in his truck but crashed up the road. the woman and her kids were not hurt. >>> switching gears now, to sports, and washington redskins quarterback, robert griffin iii, ended his stellar rookie season pretty painfully. in his first ever playoff appearance, griffin reinjured his ailing right knee in the fourth quarter against the seattle seahawks. while trying to scoop a bad snap, griffin went down, with his knee buckling badly behind him. and left the game limping. >> i think i did put myself at more risk by being out there. but every time you step on the football field, in between the lines, you are putting your life, your career, every single ligament in your body in jeopardy. >> griffin had sprained his knee early last month and was wearing a brace. this morning critics are questioning whether griffin should have played at all. he is scheduled to get an mri today. >>> lot of people questioning the redskins' coach on that call. why not yank him. yep. >>> hockey fans are celebrating the end of a lockout that has wiped out nearly four months of the season. the last time fans saw any action on the ice was back in november. a charity game between new york/new jersey, players for victims of hurricane sandy. the league and union tentatively agreed on a new ten-year deal that drops players' shares and lowers the salary cap as well. season could get under way as early as next week. hockey fans rejoice. four months, that's a lot of missed games and missed money. >>> thousands of young men around the world took the plunge yesterday. a leap of faith, marking a notable event for christians. >> about 50 greek orthodox boys, joined the epiphany festivities in florida, diving into a bayou to retrieve a floating cross and commemorate the baptism of jesus by john the baptist. >> it only took 16-year-old vasilio harding a few seconds to reach the cross. a triumph that should bring him a year of blessings. >> last year, in fact, funny story here. the cross sank the middle of the event. the archbishop had to throw in another one, eventually. this year's went better. even though -- >> pretty quickly. >> well done. >>> coming up next, who did you think tops the list of this year's hottest women? details coming up on that in today's "the skinny." >>> letters of love. sent decades ago. why they are so meaningful to a couple today. you are watching "world news now." ♪ >>> "world news now" weather brought to you by mucinex fast max liquid and caplet. mucinex fast max liquid and caplet. [ roasting firewood ] ♪ many hot dogs are within you. try pepto-bismol to-go, it's the power of pepto, but it fits in your pocket. now tell the world daniel... of pepto-bismol to-go. >>> technology is a tricky thing when it comes to matters of finance. >> it is more important than ever to make sure your money is secure from all those cyber thieves running around out there. >> now, better technology inside ordinary offices is fueling a counterfeit boom. abc's steve osunsami has more. >> reporter: it looks real. this $100 bill is funny money and production is booming. federal authorities are saying that in most cases the crooks are using everyday office equipment. scanners, printers and printer ink. >> it is easier and it is faster today because of copiers and sophistication in different type of inking systems. >> reporter: in atlanta they busted a graphic artist known as the printer. prosecutors say that heath kellogg, his father and four other men produced more than $1 million in counterfeit bills. using a printer to print out fake 50s. printing the front of the bill on one sheet. back of the bill on another. before carefully gluing it all together. there are a flood of "how-to" guides on the internet. in november, rhode island police arrested this man who learned how to make a chemical soup to rub off ink on $5, turning them into fake 100s. he maintained he is innocent. >> if the consumer takes the time to match the watermark and knows it doesn't match the portrait, they would know something was wrong with the bill. >> reporter: the government says new security features do help. >> if you take the note and tilt it back and forth, you will see the 100 in the lower right corner, actually shifts from copper to green. >> reporter: now is a good time to take a closer look at the money in your pocket. steve osunsami, abc news, atlanta. >> wow. go ahead. >> it says, you know, we have learned that if you handle money regularly, it is likely you have passed at least one fake bill. remarkable. apparently, the fake bills, i have touched them. they do feel a little slicker than, than others. >> there is a certain feel to it. they say a tutorial on detecting counterfeit currency, on the website of the treasury department and secret service if you want to do investigating. >> let me touch it. >> i rarely carry cash, check out this $10 bill. >> let me touch it. >> is it real? >> i am not sure. i may have to call secret service. >> willis gave me the $10. something wrong with. >> something up with this. this could be funny money. >> uh-huh. i'll check it out. i'm calling. i'm calling. >> funny money, willis. >> yes, officer, come get mr. willis. >> for shame. for shame. >> there is $100. >> there is $100. >> okay, boss. >> for shame. >> i know you don't have one. >> i have fake nickels. >>> coming up next, something surprisingly smart about honey booboo's mama. >>> why arnold schwarzenegger thinks his tank is something truly special. coming up next in "the skinny." >>> "world news now" continues after this from our abc stations. ♪ skinny >> skinny in the house! >> good morning, willis. >>> a follow-up to the story. talking about a few days ago in "the skinny," the whole late night talk show battle, leno, kimmel, fallon, those guys. according to reports those at tv critic association 2013 winter press tour on sunday looks like jay leno will have his contract extended past his expiration date of 2014. there have been some grumblings they would let him go and slide jimmy fallon into the spot. looks like the 62-year-old leno will keep the spot past 2014. host of the show since carson left in 1992. made sense they would move fallon into the leno spot, for the younger demo. and starting tomorrow, jimmy kimmel is switching time slots here at abc with "nightline." kimmel will be on earlier. looked like that was the match up brewing. those who like jay leno he is going to be there past 2014. interesting. the late night wars continue. >> continue. >> exactly. >>> arnold schwarzenegger, he has certainly been in the news for a long time. but now he has his own personal tank. that's right. he took it for a spin recently. apparently he had it quite some time. this is the original tank that he drove when he was in the austrian army, when he was 18 years old. that's the terminator. yes, going over a car. because he is having fun doing that. i guess. >> driving to the maid's house? maid's house? what is he doing? >> or hiding from maria. hiding from maria. >> protection from maria. smart you got that car. and speaking of women -- >> you would need it if you were married to me. >> don't get her worked up on that. >>> men's health ranks the hottest women of 2013, seven days old, they're into it. take the top three, according to men's health magazine. coming in at number three, christina hendricks, from "mad men" and number two, mila kunis, ms. ashton kutcher. and number one, katy perry. according to "men's health" magazine, ranked hottest women in the world. top three. discuss among yourselves. >> mama june, honey booboo's mother. smart thing. she set up trust funds for her daughter. they don't live on any of the money and they will get it when they turn 21 years old. smart lady. >> take my money, booboo. better get that green, girl. medicare doesn't pay all my medical expenses, i looked at my options. then i got a medicare supplement insurance plan. 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>> good evening, and great to have you with us here on sunday night. we begin with the growing concern over what could very well be the earliest and strongest outbreak of the flu in a decade. tonight images from all over the country, patients flooding emergency rooms. hospitals are readying for a tough fight against the flu. this er in minnesota, where they're putting up signs urging visitors to stay out of the er, out of the hospital, if you don't have the flu. the flu hitting 41 states tonight from coast to coast and growing this evening. more than 2,200 people in the hospital. 18 children have died and this season is just getting started. dr. ashton from our medical team standing by tonight, but first abc's john schriffen with the images from the front line against the flu. >> reporter: from chicago to atlanta -- >> i don't want this shot. >> reporter: -- to ohio. doctors in emergency rooms are overwhelmed with a flu that seems to be spreading like wildfire. in florida, where the flu has hit hard and early, 7-month-old baby estrella is sick with a respiratory virus the doctors are seeing along with influenza. just one of dozens of children dr. rosenberg has been treating. >> it's been an epidemic, a lot of admissions from the flu, more than ever. >> reporter: in illinois, doctors say they haven't seen this many cases since the swine flu outbreak in 2009. this year the flu is hitting even the strongest among us. like 28-year-old matt head. >> one minute i'm a thousand degrees sweating to death, and then the next thing i'm four degrees, freezing to death, wishing i was dead. >> reporter: in ohio, 863 people have been hospitalized with flu symptoms compared with 65 at this time last year. >> our normal volume would be anywhere from 40 patients. we're seeing 75, 80 patients today. >> reporter: emergency rooms are going to have longer wait times for everyone. and we still have five weeks left to the end of the flu season. >> john schriffen leading us off. thanks to you. >> i want to bring in abc's dr. jennifer ashton. always great to see you. mr. and the cdc is encouraging anti-virls earlier than ever? >> that's right. for anyone not getting better within a couple days and recently the fda approved tamiflu for infants as young as two weeks of age. it tells you how seriously they take the risk in infants and children. >> two weeks, but it's perfectly safe? >> absolutely. >> you have tips for people without infants or young which were, sounds obvious but bears repeating. >> first thing, get your flu shot. it's not too late. there's still flu vaccines available. it does reduce the severity and the duration even if you were to get the flu. second, keep your hands and anything your hands come in contact with, clean. phones, keyboards. that's how the virus is transmitted. >> wipe it all clean, keep your family safe. and other things to boost your immunity? >> getting enough sleep, exercise, adequate vitamin d intake. 70% of the country is low on vitamin d. keep it high, and it improve your chances. -- of avoiding the flu. >> i know you and dr. besser will stay on this. thanks. >>> we turn to the showdown in washington over president obama's nominee for secretary of defense. a senior administration source confirming it will be former republican senator chuck hagel. the announcement could come as early as tomorrow. one senator already calling this an in your face move. david kerley is at the white house tonight. >> reporter: as the president returns from hawaii, senior fishlgs tell abc news he will nominate former republican senator has chuck hagel as the next secretary of defense. >> chuck hagel is out of the mainstream of thinking, i believe, on most issues regarding foreign policy. >> reporter: today republicans raised red flags, continuing a campaign against chuck hagel. >> chuck hagel is not a responsible option. >> reporter: democrats too have been cold to hagel, a social conservative. republicans complain about his stand on affingts afghanistan -- that we went beyond our mission. and his opposition to the surge in iraq, saying it -- >> represents the most dangerous foreign policy blunder in this country since vietnam if it's carried out. >> reporter: but it was a comment about israel and what he called the jewish lobby which intimidates capitol hill that angered many. >> this is an in your face nomination by the president to all of us who are supportive of israel. >> reporter: picking a republican to lead the pentagon makes strategic sense for the president with budget cuts looming. >> republicans don't really like chuck hagel. one of their own. >> chuck hagel busts the republican party establishment and opposing the war in iraq. there's no surprise. >> reporter: hagel has the most important supporter. >> i've served with chuck hagel. i know him. he's a patriot. >> reporter: the president will have a fight on his hands with this nomination and not just with republicans, with democrats as well who control the senate and the confirmation process. it's one of the reasons the white house was telling democrats up on the hill in the senate about this nomination, that it's coming down the road, trying to soften the blow. >> david kerley with a preview of the fight ahead this week. david, thank you. >>> an alabama teenager will be in court tomorrow. charges in a plot against his school. 17-year-old derek shrout is a self-proclaimed white sum rem sift. a terch found a notebook that revealed his plans. a search of his home revealed dozens of containers filled with shrapnel. with holes drilled for fuses. he'll be tried as an adult. >> in aurora, colorado, the shooter from the movie theater attack will be in court as well. a hundred relatives of the victims are expected to be in court. prosecutors will review the evidence for the first time. he's charged with killing 12 people and injuring 70 others. this could be the closest any of the families will get to a trial because holmes could accept a plea bargain to avoid the death penalty. >>> in newtown, a community deciding what to do with an outpouring of sympathy sent their way. after the tragedy at sandy hook elementary school. signs of grief and support from across the country blanketing their town three weeks after the attack. the town deciding where to put it all. and this evening, not far from that town, a gun show this weekend. in fact, gun shows across the country seeing booming business amid fears the white house might soon act on gun control. here's abc's mark greenblatt. >> reporter: the surging demand for guns drew so many to this gun show in los angeles over the weekend. the worry wasn't weapons, but the size of the crowd. this father brought her daughter along to stock up, worried about looming gun reform. >> we went through and came down to get what we wanted before everything's illegal. >> reporter: but closer to newtown, at least four gun shows canceled. the show went on in nearby stanford, connecticut, even after the local mayor called the organizers insensitive. >> what would you say to the mayor? >> i'd say he's wrong. >> why is he wrong? >> this is a private thing. he shouldn't be expressing his opinion on it. >> reporter: the washington post reports a task force led by vice president joe biden is considering proposing universal background checks for all gun-buyers. tracking the movement and sale of weapons through a national database and stiff penalties for carrying guns near school or giving them to minors. >> how big of an impact could this really have? >> we believe some of these proposals could have a huge impact on the number of deaths and murders that happen every day from guns. you're talking about keeping guns out of the hands of convicted felons, domestic abusers, dangerously mentally ill. >> reporter: but heidi heitkamp, a democrat from north dakota, told george stephanopoulos today, those proposals go too far. that's way in extreme of what i think is necessary or even should be talked about. and it's not going to pass. >> one member of that task force told me he's surging reforms that go beyond assault weapons. his reasoning, he wants to keep any kind of gun out of the hands of the criminally or the mentally ill. >>> we have a note tonight with -- about a diane sawyer interview. former congresswoman gabrielle giffords who was shot two years ago this tuesday, on that anniversary, diane sits down for an exclusive interview to talk about her recovery and newtown. the interview is tuesday night right here on "world news" and across our broadcasts. >>> turning to syria, we heard for the first time from president assad in months. tonight we asked alex marquardt to read between the lines. is this a leader who thinks he can survive? >> reporter: president assad mobbed by supporters at his first address to the nation in over half a year. in front of the faces of soldiers who had died, he slammed the west and called for political dialogue to end almost two years of war. regional and western states should stop furnding, arming and sheltering rebels, he said, who should also stop all acts of terrorism. assad said the military would then stop fighting and peace talks could start. we will negotiate with the ones that are behind those puppets, he said. we want a dialogue with the master, not with the servants. the united nations says the civil war has left more than 60,000 syrians dead. in his only interview with american media during this conflict, assad told abc's barbara walters that his forces targeted terrorists, not civilian protesters. >> what is the misconception if there is any, about the protests? >> we don't kill our people. nobody kills -- no government in the world kills its people unless -- as president, i became president because of the public support. >> and alex marquardt is with us here in new york tonight. thank you for your extraordinary reporting over in syria. when you look at this leader, is this someone who you think thinks he's going to be able to last through this? >> the most striking part of the speech was how confident and collected he seemed. he didn't ramble as he had in the past. this honestly didn't sound like a man who believed his regime was on the brink of collapse. >> thanks. great to have you with us in new york. >>> we'll turn to the west coast and a search for a daring skydiver who disappeared after a jump from a helicopter. they are tracing pings from his cellphone, but so far, no luck. abc's clayton sandell on the search in the cascades tonight. >> reporter: search teams were out at dawn, scouring the rugged foot hills east of seattle. they're looking for curt roper, an experienced skydiver, with more than a thousand jumps under his belt. the 29-year-old was with friends thursday jumping from a helicopter at 6,500 feet. he wore a special wing suit thatlets him glide through the air. this is roper back in october. when he jump the, his friends on the ground could not see which direction he flu or even if its parchute opened. >> when they have the suit on, they can fly 60 miles an hour and travel quite a distance. >> reporter: over the weekend, 145 volunteers narrowed the search area. >> we've been really focusing on the cellphone pings from the first night and the helicopter flight path. >> reporter: to make matters worse, his suit is green and brown, perfect camouflage in the mountains. >> there's trees, rocks, cliffs, a very dangerous environment. >> reporter: so far searchers have come up empty, but they hope he's stuck in a tree or lost and waiting to be found. clayton sandell, abc news, denver. >> clayton, thanks to you tonight. >>> we'll move on to the biggest headline in sports right now. alabama and notre dame, the bcs championship. and the audience will be as giant as the game. "good morning america's" josh elliott is there. ♪ >> reporter: it's the super bowl of college games, a national championship arguably as anticipated as any in the sport's history. >> to be the best, you've got to beat the best. >> reporter: number two alabama playing for their second straight national title and what would be its third in four years. and so a dynasty in the making. >> to win another one, oh, man, it speaks highly of our program and what we do around here. >> reporter: standing in their way? a resurgent and unbeaten notre dame, looking for its first national title in a quarter century. >> it would be a good time for us to win this championship. >> reporter: the fighting irish stand on history's doorstep thanks in part to senior captain and linebacker, manti te'o, the emotional core of the team. earlier this season he lost his grandmother and then hours later learned his girlfriend had died of leukemia. yet he persevered through it all. >> manti's the heart and soul of this team. >> reporter: for te'o, this game is now everything. >> the past three years that i've sat in my living room and watched that game, i texted one of my teammates, i do not wanna be sitting in this living room watching this game. >> reporter: on the other side of the field, alabama quarterback a.j. mccarron, who's not just playing for his team, but a little girl who he met while she was undergoing treatment for leukemia a little over a year ago. she gave him a bright yellow bracelet, invibed with the words "just trust." he will be wearing it on the field tomorrow. >> i never take it off. i'm always thinking about her. she's a special girl. >> reporter: and she will be one of an estimated 30 million people watching the game tomorrow. so much emotion. so much drama and so much at stake. josh elliott, abc news, miami. >> on the field tomorrow night, josh we'll be looking for you first thing in the morning. you can watch notre dame take on alabama tomorrow night on our partner network, espn, 8:00 eastern. in the meantime, much more ahead tonight on "world news." up next, making a million dollars never been easier. the counterfeiter caught tonight. we'll tell you how after the break. where is flo? anybody know where flo is? are you flo? yes. is this the thing you gave my husband? well, yeah, yes. the "name your price" tool. you tell us the price you want to pay, and we give you a range of options to choose from. careful, though -- that kind of power can go to your head. that explains a lot. yo, buddy! i got this. gimme one, gimme one, gimme one! the power of the "name your price" tool. only from progressive. there's the sign to the bullpen. here he comes. you wouldn't want your doctor doing your job, the pitch! whoa! so why are you doing his? only your doctor can determine if your persistent heartburn is actually something more serious like acid reflux disease. over time, stomach acid can damage the lining of your esophagus. for many, prescription nexium not only provides 24-hour heartburn relief, but can also help heal acid-related erosions in the lining of your esophagus. there is risk of bone fracture and low magnesium levels. side effects may include headache, abdominal pain and diarrhea. call your doctor right away if you have persistent diarrhea. other serious stomach conditions may exist. don't take nexium if you take clopidogrel. let your doctor do his job. and you do yours. ask if nexium is right for you. if you can't afford your medication, astrazeneca may be able to help. but i'm still stubbed up. 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picking this fight. hagel has a lot of opposition on the right. why does he want chuck hagel for the job? >> part of it now is a manhood thing. he can't be ruled second national security pick after susan was out there described as a presidential favorite, he went ahead and made a different choice for secretary of state going with john kerry. democrats are unhappy because of some of the gay comments, some of the democrats in the senate now didn't serve with him and so are on the fence. a top senate democratic official said to me, a path exists for him to be confirmed when you're with the president's party. but they say, he has a lot of explaining to do and the white house has a lot of work to do if republicans impose hagel enmasse. they can't count on the 51 democratic votes. >> this confirmation fight threatens because of the prominence of the job to become a big part of the january/february narrative, does this hurt the president moving forward? >> it certainly does. mark, on time.com, you make the point that he's likely to be confirmed if he does well in the hearings at great cost.
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. they clearly leaked that announcement to take the heat off the chuck hagel kerfuffle. in washington, no one's talking about it, though. they're talking about rg3. >> do you think it's going to happen for chuck hagel? >> yes, i do. it's going to be a spirited confirmation process, but i think it will happen. >> cnn newsroom with carol costello begins now. we'll see everyone else back here tomorrow morning. sorry. next time, charles. good morning, carol. >> good morning. thanks a lot. >>> here's what's happening in the newsroom. a war hero and washington politics. former senator chuck hagel may need the war survival skills as one-time allies rally against his pending nomination as defense secretary. >> my wife is a hero. she protected her kids. she did what she was supposed to do as a responsible, prepared gun owner. >>> a georgia man praising his wife after she fought back against an intruder. gun rights advocates say we told you so. >>> rg3 down and out. the redskins have replaced their franchise quarterback long before his knee buckled? "newsroom" starts now. >>> good morning to yo
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the day. >>> president obama plans to nominate former nebraska senator chuck hagel as the next secretary of defense. reaction is already pouring in, some positive, some not. we'll have much more on the story in a moment. >>> pakistani intelligence officials say a suspected u.s. drone strike killed 17 people today. today's attack follows two suspected u.s. drone strikes last week that killed 15 people, including a taliban commander with ties to the pakistani military. demonstrators protested against drone strikes thursday and burned a u.s. flag. >>> parents in new york are on edge tonight waiting to hear if their children will have to find other ways to get to school tomorrow morning. the union representing the city's school bus drivers is threatening to strike in a dispute over job protection. they're concerned about a new bus contract that could mean some drivers would lose their jobs. if there is a walkout the city will provide some bus riders with free metro cards to ride public transit. in other cases, parents can apply for public transit refunds if they send their children
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"starting point" with soledad o'brien start now. >>> good morning, welcome, everybody. the starting point, the president's pick to run the cia. john brennan, top adviser on counterterrorism. is he ready for the job? and prepare for a fight on the president's pick for defense secretary. some will fight the choice of the former republican senator chuck hagel for the job. >>> and the car of the future just might be here already. details about the new self-driving car. >> is it fighting irish or roll tide? college football champ will be crowned. what about the pros? major second guessing after a football star goes down. >> and the lineup this morning, newark mayor cory booker will join us, chris murphy, connie mack and mary bono mack and mike and mike in the morning are our guests. and "starting point" begins right now. welcome, everybody. this just in to cnn. the white house naming long-time cia official and top counterterrorism adviser john brennan as high-profile conservatives are declaring war so to speak for the president's pick for defense secretary. chuck hagel for nebraska. let's get to jill daugherty. let's start with brennan. first, give us information on brennan. how do you expect his nomination process to go? >> you know, he's a heavy hitter in this for a lock time. john brennan, of course, the adviser to the president for the past four years, counterterrorism, and homeland security. he really knows what he's talking about. he was with the cia for 25 years. and an expert in the middle east. an expert in terrorism, and at the president's side for the past pour years. he is not a flashy person. is he a person who has been deeply in the trenches on both issues and soledad, you have to say a number of people would support him. he's quite qualified. >> let's turn to chuck hagel. maybe you will see the opposite for -- in terms of a lot of people supporting him. getting so much opposition from both sides on this. why is that? >> he is. and i think you would have to get into some of the issues, which we can in a minute. but he is a republican technically speaking. however, republicans basically do not consider him one of them. and when it gets into the positions, let's just listen to lindsay graham and this read-flag statement that he made about chuck hagel. >> this is an in-your-face nomination by the president to all of us who are supportive of israel. i don't know what his management experience is regarding the pentagon. little, if any. so i think it's an incredibly controversial choice and it looks like the second term of barack obama will be an in-your-face term. >> so what are some of the issues? start with israel. as you heard, a number of his opponents, especially on the republican or conservative side think chuck hagel is not a friend of israel and point to his position on iran sanctions. they say because of his position that iran sanctions essentially aren't effective, that that is another point against him. also, from the liberal side, comments about a dozen, maybe 14 years ago, that chuck hagel made about a candidate for an ambassadorial position, where he called him openly and aggressively gay. now, chuck hagel has since apologized for that, but that also raises some haggles among some people on the more liberal side. not going to be a friendly reception up in the senate, however, the white house obviously thinks they can pull it off. >> an interesting confirmation hearing, that's for sure. >> let's talk about secretary of state hillary clinton, whose illness people were mocking honestly. not sure i can use a different word for the concussion and it turned out to be quite serious. is she fully recovered? >> you would say she is. she probably has to continue on blood thinners no, question. in terms of anything else, they say she is raring to go. get back to work. she has a full schedule beginning at 9:15 this morning. >> wow. we'll watch her health as well. jill dougherty, appreciate it. >>> john berman with other stories making news. >> overseas, a deadly rape case has stirred worldwide outrage. five men accused of assaulting and raping a 25-year-old man and her companion on the bus. a sixth suspect is 17. the woman reportedly raped and beat nguyen a metal bar. we are following developments from new delhi. what's the latest this morning? >> reporter: from the proceedings for the day are now over. it was an in-camera proceeding, which means it was offlimits to the media and public. and even if the media were to get information from elsewhere, they would not be allowed to report on those proceedings. the reason for that? there was a bit of a ruckus right before the suspects were due to arrive in the courtroom. a lot of defense lawyers -- sorry, lawyers shouting at defense lawyers saying you will not defend the barbarians. the magistrate requested everyone to leave, no one did, and so she did. she came back in and she said it will now be in camera and nobody would be able to be there for there now on. >> such a horrible case. thank you very much. >>> a pretrial hearing in a few hours in colorado. colorado prosecutors will lay out their case against james holmes. accused of killing 12 people and wounding dozens of others in aurora, colorado, last july. a judge will decide if the case should go to trial. we'll talk to lisa wayne. a criminal defense attorney and former public defender who helped train the two lawyers defending james holmes. that should be interesting. >>> president obama has signed a $9.7 billion superstorm sandy aid package. most will be used to pay flood insurance claims. a second bill will be voted on on january 15th. house speaker john boehner received harsh criticism from chris christie and peter king, both republicans, when he refused to bring the bill up for house vote. >>> hockey fans may have something to cheer about. the league and players association came to a tentative agreement yesterday on a ten-year deal that would end the lockout. >> for the ten fans remaining. >> for all ten of you fans left, there could be hockey soon. it could be approved by team players and owners. and you ten fans could watch hockey as early as next week. >>> football. mike shanahan might have explaining to do after star quarterback robert griffin iii appeared to badly reinjure his knee. it happened in the fourth quarter as rg3 tried to recover a fumbled snap. it hurt to just watch it. wasn't even touched. check this out right now. he wasn't even touched. he couldn't move to pick up the fumble. he had hobbled throughout the game. started limping in the first quarter. the redskins blew a 14-point lead, losing 24-14 in the wild card loss and adding insult to injury, trent williams, smacking seattles richard sherman in the face. sure emotions were really high. >> people are really debating this. i don't watch a ton of football. i had two torn acls, anything with knees -- oh! >> he had been limping since the first quarter. field conditions were terrible are people say this is the sport this is the game at the end day of the, is he supposed to play. >> they won't say that nine months when he is still not back on the field potentially. he's get an mri today. >>> still ahead, relief on the way finally at long last for some of the victims of superstorm sandy. but is it enough money for those hardest hit areas? we'll crunch those numbers straight ahead. >>> up next, newark mayor cory booker, and we'll chat about his upcoming run for the u.s. senate. and we'll preview the bcs championship game tonight. will it be the fighting irish or the crimson tide. >> christine has business news for you. >> future is here. top car companies getting ready to reveal self-driving cars. how close are you to owning one? you're watching "starting point." mine was earned in djibouti, africa, 2004. the battle of bataan, 1942. 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>> i'm pulling for the irish, i can't believe they are ten points down. i think they will be extraordinary tonight. >> carlos, thank you for joining us. we'll check in later. >> no problem. >> he has the good job today. hanging out. >> i thought you were going to jump in, contradict me. >> alabama's defense is so good, and i think nick saban is a great coach. not the type of coach to let his team fall asleep against an underdog. >> we have never agreed on sports. i can't wait until baseball season. >> let's talk politics. i knew last time you were on you were going to run. i didn't know if you were going to run from the governor's spot. why not? >> the most important thing i have going on is being mayor of city of newark. >> come on, man! i knew you were going to say that. >> chris christie, are you worried that he would beat you? >> no. we have with a billion dollars worth of new development in newark. for the first time in 10 or 15 years, we will stabilize our budget. be able to hire more police. these are things that will get done if i left the helm now, it would come to a screeching halt. i talked to a developer yesterday who couldn't believe the number of new buildings being built downtown. and the number of housing in our neighborhoods. i swore an oath to do my job. i would hate to leave early to do another job. >> you are going to the senate. have you had a conversation with lautenberg? >> i want to give him the space to make his own decision. i announced my intention to run. the reality is, we have a good senator, been loyal, been there a long time. he has a decision to make. focusing on my job for now. we've reached out a number of times. i had a plane trip going to meet with him. and with a lot of challenges in washington, he to cancel the meeting. >> would you primary him? run against him in a primary? >> it's too early to talk about those kinds of hypothetical. he has not made his decision yet. >> let's dive into the hypothetical. i love hypotheticals. it's my middle name. if he decides to run, would you go against lautenberg? >> we have a full year until the hypothetical becomes real one way or another. we need a senator in d.c. and we should be fighting lautenberg in tough fights ahead and we need a mayor in newark that gets the job done. >> you are trying to unseat him. >> this is not an election year for the senate this is an election year for governor. >> people who love him and support him should stop loving and support you when you run for his seat. >> i have a deep respect and love for him. he has given a long degree of service. we should all respect that, and, look this is a loyon of our senate and i'll give him that space. this isn't an election year. fiscal cliff, the sandy aid, debt ceiling, a lot of issues we need him in the saddle, focused in the job, not focused as mayor of the city of newark. >> you always get these blowing, rave, wonderful articles. "the new york times," not nice at all, they say are you a better marketer than mayor. is it hurtful? >> probably one of the more frustrating articles of my career. they glossed over what we have done, since instituting court reform, prisoner entry reform, doubled the amount of affordable housing to dealing with veterans issues. a frustrating article. but as you said, sometimes you won't get flowing press. the press sometimes likes to build you up and take you down. >> what? what? >> my mom says i hope this is a lesson you should not read all of the good things about yourself. >> your mother would love my mother. chuck hagel? >> i think he has to focus, the president, on defending the nation. give him a lot of latitude. >> do you worry about the jewish lobby. he didn't say the israel lobby. the jewish lobby. talking about a diplomat being aggressively gay, iran and sanctions. >> i consider myself a strong advocate for equality issues and something that hurts me deeply that i still live in a nation that has a second class citizenship for people based on who they love. does it concern me, yes? focusing on israel is focusing on the security of the united states of america. yeah, these are things that concern me. i know the president, known him since before he was president and made extraordinary decisions when it comes to foreign policy. i watched a campaign where he didn't get enough credit for keeping america safe. for building america's military capacity, and dealing with issues ranging from terrorism from cyber terrorism to the kind of terrorist attacks we've seen on our homeland. so the president of the united states, we should give him a lot of deference for decision making, and the good news is, these issues have been highlighted and he tried to address them, and i think in the coming days, he will even more so. >> it will be interesting to watch his confirmation hearing. >> should rg3 have been in the game? >> you know what? i've played the game and very difficult to take a guy out. >> who is limping with a brace on his leg. come on. >> i have seen the same thing in stamford, a friend of mine with a brace on his leg play injured. but you i have played injured. >> it would have taken a crowbar to take me out of the game. >> or a coach. >> this was a player that was not going tow about taken out. so easy to second guess the decision. in the heat of battle, you have to give deference to player and coach in making the decision. sometimes the call may be wrong. >> christine and i, you know that we think you're wrong. >> great to be here. >> love at the table. >> exactly. exactly. >>> still ahead on "starting point. a top women's track coach resigns after revealing an affair with a student. is it the right call? 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>> the preliminary hearing is the government or prosecutor's's opportunity to give us a preview of what the case is about. the strengths of the case, weaknesses of the case, finally we'll get to see what the actual evidence is in this case. >> 70 witnesses. isn't that unusual? >> nothing usual about this case. when i hear 70 witnesses, i expect we'll see a lot of law enforcement people and probably see people who are were eyewitnesss, people in the theater. this is their opportunity to tell someone finally what happened in that theater. >> sounds like it will be very gory and graphic. the first time we're really getting perspective of what happened. >> absolutely. emotions will run high in this. it will be horrific. a lot of emotion and crying. time for the case to be heard in a public venue. >> do you think he's mentally able to stand trial? this is at the end of the day what this is about. >> i'm like everybody else. i don't have an inside scoop on this. if you look at the presentation of him in the courtroom which will be consistent throughout this week, look at the evidence of the case, here is a guy who didn't have any motive to go inside a theater and to shoot people, and so i think that you will finally see the defense scrutinizing the evidence in this case and showing another side of people who will support that he was deranged and out of his mind when this happened. >> what can they do this week to push the idea of insanity defense. >> you have really good lawyers, and they will distinguish with each witness being able to show what he was doing before, what he was doing inside the theater and things he may have been doing after. >> like what? >> to show that he was in -- there was a witness that i heard on cnn talking about when he went in and saw this guy, he was just looking blank, he was spraying the gun everywhere, and he didn't appear to actually be aiming at anybody. and he seem like he was out of his mind in a state of not really knowing what he was doing. that's the kind of thing the defense wants to cement now, early on. so the defense can see this is not made up this is really a guy who is out of it. >> what role does him seeking psychiatric help prior to -- actually while he was building his arsenal. there is a report that he threatened the life of his therapist. >> right. right. >> does that play a role in whether or not he is able to claim some sort of mental defense? >> it makes it more credible. always difficult for the defense to assert an insanity defense when you don't have someone who has a longstanding mental health history. it appears here -- this isn't what we made up this was a guy who was sick before it happened. makes it more credible. >> insanity is defined as the applicable test shall be a person on so diseased or infected of the mind as to be capable of distinguishing right from wrong with respect to the act is not accountable. but you are care should be taken to not confuse mental disease or defect from passion growing out of anger, hatred, revenge, et cetera, et cetera, et cetera. the fact that there was so much planning and he was seeing a psychiatrist, all of those things make it seem there was a motive for something. it wasn't a -- he snapped, there was so kind of plan. all done in secrecy. he wasn't telling people. >> what we don't know in the public arena, someone who is mentally ill at this degree can be in a psychotic state for months. i have represented clients who are in a psychotic state. appear to be very methodical. planning things, but not in their right state and that's the test. so it's an extreme mental illness that means you cannot distinguish between right and wrong. every mentally ill person cannot mount a defense of insanity. we're talking about someone with extreme mental illness. you can be in a psychotic state for months, not just at the moment of the time. >> don't the people of america and in colorado, don't they deserve to have a trial? doesn't he still need to stand trial and account for his actions? >> well, you know, the beauty of the american system is that we distinguish between people have intent and people who are mentally ill, so when you talk about don't they deserve to have a trial, what we deserve to know is the truth truth of the case. and the beauty of the system, we don't punish people in the same way. the american people knows if you are found not guilty by reason of insanity, it doesn't mean i don't take responsibility. it means i can't take responsibility and they are going to throw away the key and lock him up either way. either in a mental institute or a prison. that's what the american public deserves to know, what really happens in these cases. not guilty by reason of insanity cases by the defense is an uphill battle. >> this might be the only trial that people get to see all the evidence. >> that's right. >> if it turns out he can't stand trial. lisa wayne, nice to have you. thank you very much. >>> still ahead, a top college track coach has resigned after revealing an affair way student. >>> and alabama and notre dame in the bcs championship. mike and mike will give us their picks. we know where mike golic is going. mike greenberg, that's ahead. >>> welcome back to "starting point," everybody. some of the top stories. fears mount that victoro missoni is dead. the 58-year-old was traveling to caracas with his wife, two friends and two pilots with his twin engine plane disappeared. >>> 94-year-old nelson mandela is starting to get back to his normal routine as he recovers from gal stone surgery and lung infecti infection. he spent two weeks in the hospital in early december. >>> joe biden, reality tv star? sounds too good to be true, but it's not. a fan of the vice president created a petition on the white house website for c-span to create a show that follows him around. it would "show the light hearted side of politics." bide know n-- bedden showed off his comedy chops on nbc's "parks and recollect reaction." >>> this cat spotted after it was trying to enter the prison on new year's eve. an amazing con to band taped to it a headset, memory card, cell phone batteries and a saw. a prison spokeperson told a spokes pan it's hard to know who is responsible. all 250 inmates are considered suspects. >> anybody would want all that. >>> i don't believe the cat is in any kind of legal jeopardy. >> that's everything. >> by reason of insanity. >> everybody would want that. cell phone charger, drills. every single person in that prison wants that cat. come here, kitty, kitty, kitty. >> that story, tailor made. we'll get that online. >> so much in trouble for not breaking that. >> i know. why did we not break that story? >> can you imagine the person taping that to the cat. >> maybe the cat was really into it, show. going along with it. >> devious cat. >> i also like the purr. good job. >> i want to raise this issue about this whole famed track coach. her name bev kearney, resigned from the university of texas. admitted to an affair with a student athlete in 2002, ended roughly in 2004. she was allowed two options, step down or get fired. she has won six national championships in the university of texas. her lawyer says she's the victim of a double standard and the punishment has been far harsher for her than mail counterparts who have "engaged in similar conduct." what do you think? we'll talk to her tomorrow. i'm curious to know ahead of time. >> i want to know the broad history of men doing the same and what their punishments were. i do think the faculty/student thing is over a line and each institution should be able to say what they feel like their policies are on that, and if they feel like that's so far over the line, then they should be able to make that call. they made that clear ahead of time, that's okay. if, at the same school, men have done similar things with people in their charge and not off with the same kind of heavy penalty, there that a problem. i don't known that's the case. >> is that a problem that she too should keep her job or they should be let go? >> the standard should be the standard. whether it's men or women, they need to follow the same standard. i don't think one gender should have an advantage, if could you say it that way. this is a horrible thing. these are kids in school. and they should -- they should be going to an environment that will give them the best opportunity to learn and not to be engaged in this kind of activity with their teachers. >> the question in cases like this. to what extent the faculty member exerted power over the student. did the student feel pressured into it? regardless of gender, it's something you have to look at in cases like this. especially at the college level. definitely when they are younger than 18, there is no question. are are what is the difference between coach to athlete and boss to employee? isn't it the same thing? you always have the influence. you are, in fact, that person's coach and whether or not they like you or not, can they afford to not like you if you are coming onto them and they are the coach. maybe are you on scholarship and how you're in school. >> that's the side i would air on. i think you're right. >> at the end of the day what are the rules? apply them equally. it will be interesting to talk to her. she is a hall of famer, and she was injured very bad until an accident, and they thought she would never walk again. she will be our guest, tomorrow. bev kearney. >>> up next on "starting point," the fighting irish take on the crimson tide. we have make aike and mike in t morning. mike golic played for notre d e dame, so you imagine what side he's in. >>> tonight is the night the fighting irish take on the alabama crimson tide, a battle of number one and number two. sports analysts mike golic and mike join us. they host on espn radio. thanks for being with us. mike golic, you have a dog in the fight. the golic family tree is an interesting tree. you, of course, played in 1985, and then your brother bob was a nose tackle, and your brother greg offensive lineman. and you have kids as well. that's quite a family tree there. i'm not going to throw the first question to you, sir. i'm talking about notre dame to you. mike greenberg, let's start with you. i don't think he cannot be biased in this. mike greenberg, walk me through the pros and cons of tonight's game and enultimately who you think are going to win. >> we will save the mayor of notre dame for a little bit later on his opinion. to me, having -- i think the key is here, i think all things considered, alabama gets a slight edge. i think they're a slightly better team. but i've seen notre dame go up and do a lot of things this year i didn't expect because they're great defensively and they don't make mistakes. to me, their key is their young quarterback everett gholson cannot make mistakes. they have a very big chance to win this game. they are a sizable underdog. if he does not play well, if he makes some mistakes, if they fall behind and he's forced to throw the football, that's where the irish should get in serious trouble. the key is for that offensive line for notre dame, which is led in part by mike's son, mike jr., to open up holes, to run that ball effectively, and keep the game a low scoring game. while i know that generally is alabama's strength, it is even more to the point notre dame's strength. >> you started by saying alabama has the edge. mike golic, that has to hurt a little bit. they have great personal stories on the notre dame side. walk me through a couple of those. >> well, as you mentioned, our family tree, my brother bob winning the national championship in 1977. my years didn't go so well there. now i have two sons playing on the team, it's incredible, as a father, watching their kids and the way they can end their career with a national championship. it's just been a story this year for notre dame, where this wasn't expected. nobody saw undefeated coming. but as they played, and as greeny mentioned, the defense playing so well, and everett gholson, the young quarterback coming along the way he did. we just got win after win and kept getting doubted more and more. we'd beat a good team, and they'd say that team wasn't good anyway, and notre dame is not that good. here they are at 12-0 facing a fantastic alabama team. take nothing away from alabama. they're favored. they should be favored, but i think i know where my heart is leaning. >> i knew there was a but in there somewhere, mr. mayor. i want to ask you a question about a game that was really hard to watch, the redskins and seahawks. rg3, i don't watch a lot of football, as you guys know, but i like him personally. it was brutal to watch him limping through the game. it was terrible. many people mad at the coach for having him in at all. what do you think? >> there's a lot of difference of opinion on that. both mike and i think the right thing was done there. rg3 is a football player. what he did is he went out and played football. that's what happens. it's a brutal at times and violent, difficult to watch game. >> he's a rookie. he's young. he could have ruined -- and i'm not exaggerating. i followed a lot of people who are tweeting this. could have ruined his career in that game by being too aggressive, and it's his first year. >> you play ball. you know what, you're a ballplayer, you play ball. if you're in the league, it doesn't matter if you're a rookie or a 12-year guy. you're in the sport. you play to win. i think he handled it perfectly. i want to be out there and help the team. it's not on the player. it's got to go on the coach or medical staff to say, hey, we appreciate you wanting to be out there. we're not going to have you out there. i thought they did the right thing. he couldn't run the way he wanted to, but he could still be effective. we need to give seattle's defense props because they're an effective defense. >> and what you're saying is certainly an opinion a lot of people hold. mike and i, our perspective is we think it was handled, all things considered, the right way. >> i hear you. it was hard to watch, though. mike and mike, nice to have you with us this morning. >> you don't sound convinced. >> i'm not convinced. it's really nice to talk to you anyway, even if we disagree. i love talking to you guys because, as you know, i don't watch a ton of football. they always make me feel i'm very much in the conversation. rather than others are, you're completely wrong, soledad. you're welcome to your opinion because this is america. i thought the coach was wrong. i thought it was painful to watch him limp. >> the question is was he effective at the quarterback position after the first quarter? i think that's the mistake. he wasn't playing well enough to merit risking the future of his career. >> but look at kerry strug, olympics. >> risking his career is one thing. this is a sport that trains kids from the time they're basically able to walk. what signal does it send to a young person, when we're as parents, i've had two football player kids, both of them broke bones, when you know that you're hurt and both you and -- >> kerry strug in the olympics did her vault with a broken ankle or a broken foot. kerry strug is now with us, and we cheered her for winning for usa. >> when you're an athlete, you want to play. you want to be on that field. you wan't to compete. >> so your coach should say -- >> and it's competition because you know, if you come out, someone else is coming in. i'm agreeing that the coach -- >> you're agreeing? okay. >> that the coach has a responsibility here, but, look, this was a decision between the coach and the player on the field. it's really hard for us to second guess those decisions. >> i don't think you can count on the athlete to be the one to say, i can't play anymore. >> i agree. still ahead on "starting point," we learned the president's choice for cia director this morning. we'll talk about the road ahead for john brennan, who's going to be the nominee. and president's pick to be the next defense secretary, some conservatives are very mad even though chuck hagel is a republican. we'll talk about that with freshman senator chris murphy of connecticut. oscar season, but chain saws trump the hobbit at the box office. how did a movie that had 21% of good reviews, as you look at rotten tomato, how did it win this weekend? 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and former nebraska senator chuck hagel for secretary of defense. we'll tell you why some republicans are upset about this. >>> plus notre dame versus alabama. who's going to take home the trophy glory in the bcs game? we'll have more on that. >>> plus what are going to be the bright spots and weak points in our economy this year? i've got the forecast for you just ahead. >>> the public will get its first look at the evidence against the accused shooter in the aurora movie theater massacre. straight ahead. >>> it is monday, january 7th. "starting point" begins right now. >>> welcome back, everybody. our team this morning, mary bono mack is a former california congressman joining us. her husband, just a moment ago, was sitting there. he stepped out for a sec. charles is with us. "early start" co-anchor john berman sticks around with us. starting point is nice big showdown. me talking college football. my poor husband is terrified. two of the most celebrated college football programs in the country are on a collision course for the bcs championship. top ranked notre dame, a decided underdog, in spite of being number one, trying to keep its perfect season intact against second ranked alabama. carlos diaz is in miami looking ahead to the clash of these iconic college teams. >> reporter: thanks, soledad. they're talking about this bcs game being one of the most anticipated in decades. alabama going for its second national championship in a row against notre dame. its third title in four years. notre dame rising from the ashes. they haven't been in this position in 24 years. trying to regain the glory of the past. you have mantei te'o, the leader of notre dame, on the defense, loding his grandmother and his girlfriend to cancer and then fighting back to lead the team, to be a heisman trophy runner-up. that's a great story there. on alabama's side, their qb a.j. mccarron had a near death experience as a child on a waterski, and now he comes back after being on the brink of death as a child to lead alabama to the national championship game, trying to become only the second quarterback in the last 54 years to lead his team to consecutive national championships. it's a very big game from miami. tickets are going for around $845 for the nose bleed seats way up at the top of the stadium. so it's a situation where you have two big teams, two storied teams, a big rivalry, a big game here in miami. soledad? >> carlos diaz for us. it's so much fun to go to a big game like that. i'm not a huge football fan, but i love this kind of rivalry when you know the teams and everyone is very excited. people love one side or love the other side. that's going to be an awesome game tonight. pro football now. the afc, the baltimore ravens advance 24-9 win over andrew luck and the indianapolis colts. in the nfc, things quickly go from bad to worse for washington redskins fans. the star quarterback, rg3, reinjured his knee on sunday. you could see it during the game. playoff loss to the seattle seahawks. looked really, really bad. he was hobbled throughout the game. the redskins coach taking some heat for not taking him out. for me included, mr. shanahan. the redskins blew a 14-point lead to the seahawks in a 24-14 loss. redskins trent williams got a little carried away during the post-game handshakes when he smacked seattle's richard sherman in the face. oops, i was trying to shake your hand. excuse me. i smacked you in the face. it's interesting, and all that -- i just thought, i know mike and mike disagree with me. we were talking earlier from espn. i just think you can't play somebody who's limping on the field. it's awful to watch. like it hurt to watch him. >> i think that the issue here is that athletes are always going to want to play. anyone in the nfl, you ask them do they still want to play, they're not going to say, no, take me out. the coaches, the trainers, no one in this team apparatus really has an incentive to say, we should really watch out for your health. >> or your career. >> that's up to the athlete, and the athlete is going to look like a wimp where he says,
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reminded of the shrapnel he took in that sad but heroic american war. the president wants chuck hagel in that post because he thinks like him and has proven he's got the brains to protect this country. hagel long ago proved he's got the heart. don't you think? i don't hate the people trying to stop the president from picking this guy for the job he needs done at the pentagon, but i do recognize their tactics. they're the same ones they used to push the war in iraq. they say they don't like something he said hagel did 14 years ago about a gay man being put up for ambassador. i don't like it either, but, a, it was 14 years ago, and, b, i don't think it's got anything to do with why the hawks are opposing him. since when is the right wing of this country is caring for gay rights? as bill clinton would say, give me a break. and this isn't about israel's security any more than it's about ours. the right wants a hawk at defense for all occasions. someone with an itchy trigger fing mother has always got a country lind up to go to war with, iraq, afghanistan, iraq again, libya, syria, iran. sorr
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news america reporting from washington. president obama nominates chuck hagel to be secretary of defense. the men charged with raping a young indian woman on a bus arrived in court where proceedings dissolved into chaos. and hitting a high note in south africa. we meet an unlikely star whose voice takes them from -- hollywood. across >> a combat soldier still -- still carries a treadmill in his chest. he will be the first wounded soldier to ever serve as secretary of defense. not everyone is happy with his nomination. >> this is the man president obama wants to lead the largest military force the world has ever known. a former soldier who knows the cost of war. >> he knows war is not an abstraction. he knows the sending young americans to fight and believe in the dark and muddy is something we only do when absolutely necessary. >> he is to be a republican senator, but he is a provocative thick. -- pick. >> i will do my best for my country and those i represent at the pentagon and for all of my citizens. i will always give you my honest and most informed counsel. >> he served in v
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senator chuck hagel the president's pick to run the pentagon. jennifer griffin on the first enlisted soldier to be so hoorpd katherine heritage tells us john brennan's road may be a little bumpy. let's begin with wendall goler. >> good evening. president obama is nominating the former republican senator to be secretary of defense and 25-year veteran of the c.i.a. to head the agency. >> these two leaders have dedicated their lives to protect the country. i urge the senate to confirm them as soon as possible. >> but hagel's selection grew more criticism and the choice of john brennan threatened to raise questions about water boarding that he didn't want to answer when he was considered four years ago. had a ha ge8, obama said would be an outspoken advocate for severs men and women. and his business experience will help him prioritize pentagon spending cuts that everyone knows is coming. >> even though we make tough fiscal choices we have to do so wisely guided by a our stlaj and keep the military the strongest fighting force. >> reporter: but it drew immediate fire. it was a 14-year-ol
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. the sunday talk shows were filled with differing opinions on chuck hagel and whether or not he was going to make it through the process on capitol hill. it sounds like, at least from what we heard sunday, that it'll be pretty contentious. >> it'll be contentious. he will have a challenging confirmation hearing. i do think at the end of the day it is likely that chuck hagel, former republican senator will get through and be confirmed but you never know, there are things in his background of which he offended both liberal democrats and conservative republicans and he will have to answer that to. but presidents generally have a fair amount of latitude and wiggle room in selecting their cabinet. the president and susan rice opted not to pursue her candidacy for secretary of state in the face of opposition i think the president will not back down on this one and you can expect him to press very hard and ultimately i think success in the senate on confirmation. >> let me turn your attention to the debt ceiling debate which will ramp up in earnest to the extent it didn't already on sunday
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party lines and announce former republican senator chuck hagel as his nominee for defense secretary. but hagel has critics on capitol hill even among republicans. the question is his past views on several issues, including israel. >> chuck hagel if confirmed to be secretary of defense would be the most antagonistic secretary of defense toward the state of israel in our nation's history. >> we'll have more in a few moments. >>> help is on the way for people who lost so much during superstorm sandy. president obama signed into law today a $9.7 billion sandy disaster relief package. it was the first legislative action of the new congress. a larger sandy aid package will have to wait. lawmakers will consider $51 billion relief bill on january 15th. some people were outraged after house speaker boehner canceled a vote tuesday on the entire aid package. sandy devastated parts of the northeast more than two months ago. >>> syria's president bashar al assad got a standing ovation today moments before he gave a rare public speech. assad said he's standing firm against global calls for him to
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chuck hagel to be secretary of defense with the foreign policy reuter. -- which the foreign policy writer. john talks about relations between the united states and afghanistan. "washington journal" is live on c-span every day at 7:00 eastern. >> i think cyber security remains a top priority because of the national-security implications. we saw that congress failed to reach an agreement in 2012. they remain far apart. the industry is opposed to any server security standards. >> another big issue will be implementing the incentive options to create more spectrum. the fcc is in the midst of working on that. some of the hot-button issues are unlicensed spectrum that powers wi-fi. >> net neutrality could be a big issue. the d.c. circuit is considering the rise in challenge -- verizon challenge to the rules. there are indications they have been skeptical of the sec authority. >> a look at the major technology issues of 2013 with the reporters that cover them tonight at 8:00 eastern on c- span2. we take a look at president obama's announcement to his new national security team. he and the
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smooth sailing for chuck hagel. >> i think there will be a lot of tough questions of senator hag hagel. but he'll be treated fairly. >>> president obama's expected announcement of his pick of secretary of defense. good morning. this is way too early the show that plays hurt when it has to. thanks for being up with us. >>> speaking of playing hurt or maybe not, washington redskins saw robert griffin iii go down with a knee injury, some now are blaming mike shanahan for the loss. >>> but first, let's get to news live at 5:30 a.m. here at 30 rock in new york city. >>> today president obama expected to nominate former nebraska senator chuck hagel, a republican, as his next pentagon topper. he would be the first enlisted soldier to hold that cabinet post. he's got the support of national security figures, but his senate confirmation is now shaping up to be a testy battle. republican senators suggested they'll challenge their former colleague on his tough record. he has opposed sanctions against iraq. >>> on the sunday morning hagel's critics, including li lindsey graham will louder th
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wade right back into the fray tomorrow by nominating former senator chuck hagel as the next secretary of defense. at face value, the pick of a longtime republican lawmaker for the job could be seen as a rare act of bipartisanship in a sharply divided town. but tonight, opponents on both sides of the aisle are sharpening their claws for what could be a testy confirmation fight. nbc white house correspondent peter alexander joins us from washington now with more. hello, peter. >> reporter: lester, good evening to you. with the fiscal cliff crisis barely in our rearview mirror, the white house's decision to pick chuck hagel as secretary of defense is likely to ignite a contentious confirmation battle. congress is out of session this week, but already, talk of the pick is generating stiff opposition. fresh off his hawaiian vacation, president obama is already facing heated debate over his expected pick of former nebraska senator chuck hagel for secretary of defense. >> a person who has a resume that includes service on the foreign relations committee as well as the intelligence committee.
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nebraska senator chuck hagel as secretary of defense. it will be a rough road to confirmation for the vietnam vet who outspokenly posed the iraq war. meanwhile white house officials tell nbc news that mr. obama will also nominate his counterterrorism adviser, john brennan as the next cia chief. we're just learning that. tracie potts has more from washington on both nominations for us this morning. good morning to you. >> reporter: good morning, everyone. the brennan announcement we just got early this morning. he's a 25 year vet at the cia and went through his own bit of controversy when he was first considered for that job back in 2008. as for chuck hagel, he is expected to face criticism from his own party, both of those nominations being announced later today. today president obama is expected to nominate his former senate colleague, 66-year-old chuck hagel to head the pentagon. >> i think it will be a lot of tough questions of senator hagel. >> reporter: a purple heart veteran wounded in vietnam is a moderate republican who criticized the iraq troop surge, opposed unilateral sanct
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second term cabinet. among them expected to be former nebraska senator chuck hagel. it is expected president will are make that announcement in the next couple of days. how will vow jet on hagel? >> it he is nominated it is difficult to imagine a circumstance in which i could support his nomination. the president seems bound and determined to proceed down this path despite the fact that hagel's record is very troubling on the nation of israel. he has not been a friend to israel and in my view the united states should stand unshakeably with the nation of israel and he has consistently advocated weakness with respect to our enemies. with respect to the nation of iran he has opposed sanctions over and over again and the job of the secretary of defense is to b be a serious credible strength and deterrent and unfortunately i think weakness in a secretary of defense invites conflict because bullies don't respect weakness. the problem withb lem with hagel on the issue of israel? >> he has rehe peteedly placed all of the blame on israel in dispute after dispute and dispute and in fact publ
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obama is expected to make some personnel announcements for his security team, including chuck hagel, is expected pick to replace the outgoing secretary, leon panetta. brennan is expected to be nominated to lead the cia, rejected a few years ago over concerns over certain interrogation techniques. live coverage at 1:05 p.m. eastern here on c-span. at 2:00, we will hear more about the president's nominations from the press secretary, who is scheduled to brief reporters and take questions. earlier today the brookings institution hosted an event about defense department spending cuts on national security. we will take a look at that conversation prior to the president's announcement in just a few minutes. >> good morning. how is everyone doing? good. i am glad to be here. we do not get invited out that much. there's probably a good reason. i remember a doctor examined him and he said there was good news and bad news. the bad news was that if you do not get an immediate heart transplant you will die, but the good news is that i have three donors, choose any of them. one was a 20-year-old oly
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the president's choice. >> chuck hagel if confirmed to be secretary of defense would be the most antagonistic secretary of defense toward the state of israel in our nation's history. not only has he said you should directly negotiate with iran sanctions won't work that it is negotiating hamas which is an organization terrorist group that lobbed thousands of rockettes into israel. >> his defenders point to his two purple hearts in vietnam. >> chuck hague elt is a tremendous patriot served incred before i in vietnam and served as a senator. he hasn't had a chance to speak for himself. so why all of the prejudging? i don't know. the senate rejected 9 cabinet nominations since 1834. the last was john towers the nominee for secretary of defense in 1989. back to you in new york. >> you know it's going to be a busy day if jennifer is up that early. >>> you might see the issue of raising taxes is over but house minority leader nancy pelosi saying not just yet. >>> another economic threat the debt ceiling law americas have to figure out how to curve spending and bring in more residents. w
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republicans and democrats, in terms of the choice of chuck hagel for defense secretary is essentially remarks that he made when he was in the senate about israel. in 2006 he gave an interview tomorrow toer middle east envoy aaron david miller. hagel said the following. >> the jewish lobby intimidates a lot of people up there. i'm a united states senator. i'm a united states senator. >> reporter: hagel favors direct talks with iran and as well as hamas. and he was one of two senators to vote against sanctioning iran. >> he consistently advocated weakness with respect to our enemies, with respect to the nation of iran. he has opposed sanctions over and over again and the job of the secretary of defense is to be a serious, credible strength and deterrent and, unfortunately i think weakness in a secretary of defense invites could not flick because bulllies don't respect weakness. >> reporter: his defenders point out that chuck hagel valiantly in vietnam. he received two purple hearts there. knows what war is all about but his critics pipt out that was against the surge in iraq
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obama will nominate former senator chuck hagel as secretary of defense. the former senator is a republican from nebraska but could face a tough fight. he was against the surge in iraq and has said military action in iran would be a bad idea. he has also raised eyebrows with some statements he's made about israel leading some people to question whether he would be loyal to the nation. >> chuck hagel is a tremendous patriot and statesman, served incredibly in vietnam, served in country as a u.s. states senator. he hasn't had a chance to speak for himself and so why all the prejudging, i don't know. >> congress will not be in session when the nomination is made tomorrow. >>> the edge on d.c. now where a man's body was found in the narrow creek in the 8100 block of beach drive near portal street drive northwest. at this point investigators do not believe there was foul play. the metropolitan mitt and u.s. park police are investigating -- police department and u.s. park police are investigating. >>> in d.c. police investigating three separate shootings tonight, the first one early th
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republicans to look more like chuck hagel. he wants them to be more moderate, wants them to be less in favor of big, strong u.s. military presence. so, he is trying to tell the republicans how they ought to be. that's part of it. but the biggest part is, the president has decided, and he made it very clear in the discussions over the tax increases that went into play since the beginning of this year, he's made it very clear thatore mr. nice guy and hs going to have things his way and having seen susan rice, who was widely speculated to be his choice for secretary of state, to see her have to withdraw her potential nomination, the president, i think, decided he's going to make it stick and make the republicans choke on it when it comes to chuck hagel. >> megyn: now, brennan, he's, you know, going to take over for petraeus at the cia and he's had a long history at the cia, apparently some feathers were ruffled and some weren't, whatever. but the thing about brennan,'s been in an important position, top advisor on counterterrorism to the president and he's been very absent on benghazi,
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hagel as secretary of defense. they explain why some of the fellow republicans oppose him. >> chuck hagel has two terms under his belt as the republican from nebraska. he is also a decorated vietnam war with two purple hearts. those qualifications are among the reasons that president obama is considering them to be the next secretary. and today the republican called hagel an in your face pit and one that he strongly opposes. >> and chuck hagel would be the most antagonistic defense towards the state of israel in the nation's history. >> reporter: and that's because that hagel has taken it here on the terrorist groups. and they have been supported the direct talks with the u.s. designated terrorist states, syria and iran. they have launched attack adds. >> president obama supports the sanctions on iran. and they voted against them. >> reporter: the other controversy, risk drawing the oppositionsing president obama and the gay right groups. in 1998 they opposed that nominee for the u.s. ambassador that will be openly aggressively gay. two weeks ago in the written statement, he apologi
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nomination for two very important cabinet positions. republican chuck hagel for secretary of against and john brennan for director of the c.i.a. both picks are criticized by both parties. decorated vietnam veteran and former nebraska senator hagel has made comments not forgotten and could lead to tough questioning and a long confirmation process. back in 2010 he called the troop surge in iraq a "mistake," drawing criticism great his party. today, president obama stands by his decision saying "chuck hagel is the leader our troops deserve identity noting the involvement with the v.a. and uso he would be the first of enlisted rank to serve as secretary of defense. one of the few secretary whose have been wounded in war. and the first vietnam veteran to lead the department. as i saw during our business together in afghanistan and iraq, in chuck hagel our troops see a decorated combat veteran of character and strength. >> hagel will replace panetta and president obama has nominated john brennan to replace embattleed general petraeus who was linked to enhanceed techniques for questioning,
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expected to put forward former republican senator chuck hagel as his next defense secretary. his nomination is concerning politicians on both sides. here is why -- during the iraq war, he said there was no strategy and called it a game of ping-pong. on a run, he has said the us -- on iran, he has said the u.s. should not be able to dictate which countries have nuclear weapons. we have been following this story. >> president obama arrived back , ready to get back to business. he is looking for a bipartisan pick. republicans would have none of susan rice because of the way she handled the benghazi situation. president obama is saying, i'm putting up chuck hagel, and i'm not withdrawing his name. republicans, if you wish to vote against him in the confirmation hearings, then that is up to you. mitch mcconnell, the minority leader in the senate, says that when chuck hagel comes up for confirmation, assuming he is nominated, then he will be given tough, but fair questioning. >> u.s. secretary of state hillary clinton is set to work in the coming hours after being treated for a blood c
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kweurpblg in a couple of confirming president obama will nominate chuck hagel to be the next secretary of defense. the news is drawing criticisms from republicans and democrats. >>brian: jennifer, all engines straight ahead for senator hagel? >> that's right. what has republicans and democrats up in arms are remarks hagel made when he was in the senate, about israel. in a 2006 interview with former middle east convoy david miller, hagel said the following: >> i'm a united states senator. i'm a united states senator. [inaudible] >> hagel favored direct talks with iran and is one of two senators to vote against sanctioning iran. members of the senate armed services committee are questioning the president's choice. >> hagel, if confirmed to be secretary of defense, would be the most antagonistic secretary of defense toward the state of israel in our nation's history. not only has he said you should directly negotiate with iran, sanctions won't work, that israel must negotiate with hamas, an organization, terrorist group that lobbed thousands of rockets into israel. >> his defenders point to
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influence in the region. it is chuck hagel. meantime senators dick durbin says hagel would be a fine candidate for that job. >> hagel was a republican senator from nebraska a decorated veteran of the vietnam war, a person who has a resume that includes service on the foreign relations committee as well as the intelligence committee. yes, he's a serious candidate if the president chooses to name him. >>> james rosen has details. what has senator hagel said about israel that has so many people upset. when you pay to interview david miller who became an author and commentary, tabling el, they intimidate a lot of people. i favored direct talks with iran in an effort to get the european union. >> he is consistently advocated weakness with respect to our enemies with respect to the nation of iran he has opposed sanctions over and over again and the job of the secretary of defense is to be a deterrent. i think weakness in the secretary of defense invites conflict because bullies don't respect weakness. >>> a number of gop foreign policy heavy weights a former ambassador lined up in defense.
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of our allies in the middle east is chuck hagel. several democratic senators including dick durbin saying that hagel will be a fine candidate for that job. >> hagel was a republican senator from nebraska, a decorated veteran of the vietnam war. a person who has a resume' that includes service on the foreign relations committee as well as the intelligence committee. yes, he's a serious candidate. if the president chooses to name him. >> chief washington correspondent james rosen has details. what has senator hagel said about israel that has so many people upset. >> in a taped interview with aaron david miller, the diplomate served six secretaries of state and a commentator on the middle east, said, quote, the jewish lobby intimidates a lot of people on capitol hill. he subsequently said he should have spoken of the israel lobby, but hagel has favored direct talks with iran and at one point refused to join in an effort to get the european union to name hezbollah as a terrorist entity. >> and he has consistently advocated weakness with respect to our enemies, with respect to the natio
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republicans over his choice to head up the defense department. former republican senator, chuck haggle hagel of nebraska. he questioned israel and his unwillingness to back sanctions. listen to lindsey graham yesterday at the state you of the union. >> this is an in your face nomination by the president to all of us who are supportive of israel. i don't know what his management experience is regarding the pentagon, little if any. i think it's an incredibly controversial choice and it looks like the second term of barack obama is going to be an in your face term. >> foreign affairs correspondent jill dougherty is live from washington this morning. good morning to you. >> good morning. >> opposition to hagel comes from the right and left. can you break down the issues? >> yeah. i think it has to really start with israel because the people who believe that he is not a supporter of israel, in fact, they would question his devotion to anything that would help israel. he, for instance, believes in talking to hamas. he also has come out against iran sanctions by the united states. and so that gets
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defenders point to his two purple hearts in vietnam. >> chuck hagel is a tremendous patriot and statesman. served incredibly in vietnam. served this country as a united states senator. he hasn't had a chance to speak for himself. so why all the prejudging i don't know. >> reporter: the senate has only rejected nine cabinet nominees since 1834. the last time that they rejected a nominee from a president was in 1989 with john tower who was also up for secretary of defense, bill. bill: who are the leading contenders now for cia director, jennifer? >> reporter: mike morale, for one, the acting director of. cia is being considered. they are settling on john brennan, the chief counterterrorism advisor to the president. he has been very close to the president the past four years. he is the white house choice to replace david petraeus. brennan will face serious questions about his role in the cia enhanced teartation techniques program, other controversial bush era programs. this is the reason brennan with drew his name as possible cia director in 2008. brennan has been noticeably absent
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. the president will announce he's% nominating former nebraska senator chuck hagel to follow leon panetta as secretary of defense. here is senate minority leader mitch mcconnell as stephanie mentioned on one of his many appearances on the talk shows from abc's this week with mcconnell talking about his priorities for whoever takes over as secretary of defense. >> whoever is nominated for secretary of defense is going to have a have a full understanding of our close relationsship with our israeli allies, the iranian threat and the importance of having a robust military. >> he's just a bundle of energy. hagel is a vietnam war veteran and a moderate republican. he's taking heat especially from fellow republicans over his support of israel, whether or not he's supportive enough and whether or not he's willing to take a hard enough stance against iran. also today, the president is going to nominate his counterterrorism adviser brennan to succeed petraeus as head of the c.i.a. we're back after the break. that viewers like about the young turks is that we're honest. they know that i'm no
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. mr. obama returns to from hawaii to a climate that is chilly. he has chosen chuck hagel as secretary of defense. he would be a controversial pick. he advocates negotiating with iran and some have questioned how strongly he supports israel. one pro israel group is running an ad against hagel. >> even the top senate republican says she reservation judgment. >> i'm going wait and see how the hearings go and see whether chuck's view square with the job he would be nominated to do. >> some democrats are speaking up for him. >> chuck hagel is a tremendous patriot and statesman, served incredibly in vietnam, served in this country as united states senator. >> and president obama is about to lose his treasury-secretary. tim geithner is the last original member of his economic team. he leaves as three major deadlines loom. by the end of february the treasury will lose the power to pay america's's bills and across the board cuts kick in march 1st and the government will run out of all control fund buying the end of march. jack lew is expected to inherited those headaches and president obama ha
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announce he's nominating former republican senator chuck hagel as secretary of defense. as kyla campbell reports from our washington, d.c. newsroom, the republican party doesn't even like that. kyle law -- kyla? >> reporter: chuck hagel is not getting support. the republican served in congress from 1968 to 2009. during that time, he was run one of the few republicans who spoke out about how then- president george w. bush was handling the war. that's why some are not supporting him. and then some republicans and democrats don't think he will offer enough support to israel. mitch mcconnell has -- has not said if he sports him as secretary of defense. >> do his views make sense for that particular job? i think he ought to be given a fair hearing like any other nominee and he will be. >> reporter: president obama will be speaking in a few hours. we expect to learn more then about his nomination for secretary of defense. kyla campbell, ktvu channel 2 news. >>> 7:18. new this morning, interviews with a dozen female soldiers and marines show very little interest in signing up for combat duty. m
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